Country needs to treat history for what it is and allow religion to be studied or practiced as a means to define freedom of faith.
When religion becomes commodity, it is sold in the market in a competitive manner by which ‘owners’ or those that ‘belong’ to a specific religion believe they have a superior product. They use a version of history and ‘belief’ as dominating factor to outsell or corner a market. The market then becomes a battleground of sorts where often the majority has to win.
In recent times, many countries like China, Burma, Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Eritrea and India has witnessed such dynamics. One class group claims superiority over another, making religion and faith not a matter of personal belief but a brand to articulate who you are and what you may stand for.
This is not necessarily new but is tending to become a norm rather than an issue that needs to be addressed and changed through what any country has stood for – democracy and the rights of the individual.
This brings one to what is history and what is now. The media have debated the rewriting of history books and re-interpretation of events. There are claims that mythology or myths are being used as historical facts. Counter-arguments suggest that the authors of some of our history books are influenced by certain groups and intellectuals who probably harbor a view that is not ‘real’.
An argument on this could be endless as evidence creation is critical to history and views on incidents can be surely biased. One could question the importance of BC and AD as cut-off periods as well. None of this may necessary lead to peace or any again… To be continued